A relatively common bird with a powerful voice, present in humid and semi-dry forests of the Cauca & Magdalena Valleys, and in the northern subtropics & foothills of the Santa Marta Mountains, below 1700m.

Can be seen in the Rio Claro canyon (mid-Magdalena Valley), El Vinculo regional reserve & Sonso marsh near Buga (Cauca Valley), and Tayrona National Park.